Next Choice One Dose:
What Next Choice One Dose Consists Of:
How Next Choice Works:
What Next Choice One Dose is NOT:
Next Choice One Dose should not be a substitute for regular contraception use. Also, it will not continue to prevent pregnancy during the rest of your cycle, so if you have unprotected sex after taking Next Choice One Dose, it will not help protect you from getting pregnant. It's therefore important that you use another contraceptive method for pregnancy protection.
Next Choice Side Effects:
- Heavier menstrual bleeding
- Nausea/Feeling sick to your stomach
- Lower abdominal pain
- Fatigue/Feeling tired
- Headache and dizziness
- Breast tenderness
- Delay of period
Frequent use of Next Choice may cause your periods to become irregular and unpredictable.
Some women who use Next Choice One Dose may experience spotting or bleeding before the next period, which may also be heavier or lighter—or it may come earlier or later than expected. According to Watson Laboratories, most women will have their next period at the expected time, or within a week of that expected time.
- If your period is more than seven days late, it's possible that a pregnancy may have occurred. If you suspect that you may be pregnant, take a pregnancy test to either rule out or confirm a pregnancy, and also follow up with your doctor.
When to Use Next Choice One Dose:
You can use Next Choice One Dose at any time during your monthly cycle to help prevent an unplanned pregnancy if your contraception fails (like a condom breaking or falling off), if you miss too many birth control pills, or if you didn't use contraception during sex (perhaps because you were forced into having sex, forgot to use birth control, or simply chose not to).
After unprotected sex or contraceptive failure, you only have a few days to try to prevent pregnancy. The sooner you can use Next Choice One Dose, the better it will work. This morning-after pill should be taken as soon as possible, but not later than 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex or birth control failure.
Note: emergency birth control, in general, can be used up to 5 days after unprotected sex, so it may still be useful to use Next Choice One Dose for up to 120 hours.
Next Choice Effectiveness:
Obtaining Next Choice One Dose:
Because you don't want to waste any time, it may also be a good idea to call your pharmacy before you go to make sure that they have Next Choice in stock. You should also know that some states have created laws that allow pharmacists to refuse to dispense emergency contraception drugs based on their personal beliefs. If you live in any of the following states,
- South Dakota
Some states have a pharmacy-access policy that allows women of any age to obtain Next Choice One Dose from specially trained and certified pharmacists without a prescription. The requirements for pharmacy access are regulated from state to state. Once again, it may be a good idea to spend some time calling around (before the need arises), so you know where you can obtain Next Choice One Dose if you need it.
Next Choice Costs:
Watson Laboratories. (March 2012) Next Choice One Dose: U.S. Prescribing Information. Accessed 9/16/2012.